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St JAMES-THE-GREAT

Patron Saint of Spain, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Rheumatism

Fisherman and an original Disciple of JESUS. He is not to be confused with his namesake JAMES-THE-LESS.

In the 7th Century someone decided he must have been to Spain at some time as an evangelist, which entitled him to be Patron of Spain. We're not sure where that idea came from, but perhaps it was divine inspiration.

He was given the emblem of a scallop shell and was often depicted as a pilgrim with a staff.

In 844 he miraculously appeared to help the Spaniards defeat the Moors in the battle of Clavijo. Obviously he believed that old story about him going to Spain, so it must be true after all.

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Article last updated on 25 February 2006
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT St JAMES-THE-GREAT : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : JAMES-THE-GREAT
Location : Worldwide Christianity
Gender : Male
Type : Saint or Sage
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Birth and Death Dates : ???-44
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 112

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